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The value of education on responsible use of alcohol

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Alcohol consumption among the younger population grows with each passing year. The figures speak for themselves when it states that, according to the Public Health Agency of Catalonia, more than half of 17-year-olds acknowledge that they have been drunk at least once during the last month. Therefore, we need to raise social awareness and promote education from the family and teachers to reduce alcohol consumption among the younger population.

  • Encourage good habits. Better health and good food habits can slow excessive consumption of alcohol. Also, young people drink mainly for fun, so we have to look for alternative entertainment to escape this problem.
  • Increase exercise. One of leisure activities that promote a more active life is the practice of sport. Not only during the week but also on weekends, doing group activities, adventure activities. And also extreme sports which can replace the adrenaline rush some feel from alcohol.
  • Family education. In recent years, studies demonstrate that one starts to drink at a younger age, and are more likely to have problems with alcohol if you are raised in a family that has a looser level of permissiveness. Perhaps it is good to talk to parents and children, encourage moderation in alcohol consumption at home, knowing effects, what to drink and what not.
  • Better educational campaigns in school. When it comes to education on alcohol in schools, it seems that their campaigns against alcohol are not working well enough. New values, new models of society, and therefore new realizations are needed to solve this problem.

In short, to prohibit consumption does not work, one need to offer leisure alternatives equally interesting for the young ones. This is would be the best way to educate and promote moderation in drinking, thus promote a taste for calm and pleasant consumption, and also get the advantage of the health benefits of drinks such as wine.

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Erdinger alcohol-free

 

 

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Karamalz Bottles alcohol-free

 

A moderate consumption of beer is good for your health

 TAGS:undefinedWe have already talked about the 10 benefits of beer, always consuming it moderately, and there are more and more studies verifying it. This time  the Spanish Society of Primary Healthcare Doctors (Sociedad Española de Médicos de Atención Primaria (Semergen)) has published a study that puts forward what benefits the moderate consumption of beer has for health. These are the conclusions:

Nutrients: One of its caracteristics is its capacity to contribute to all kinds of nutrients and bioactive compounds that can be beneficial to health. Furthermore, it is an energy supplier and can be recommendable for people with low blood pressure.

Cardiovascular Protector: The study also shows that the moderate consumption of beer has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system, protecting people who may be at risk of suffering heart-realeted diseases.

Antioxidants: Beer is a good source for natural antioxidants, a property that helps to protect the organism.

Low in calories: The doctors of this study confirm that bottom-fermented beer is low in calories.

Vitamins: Besides, thanks to its elaboration process and the number of nutrients, beer contains vitamins, polyphenols, fiber, minerals and carbohydrates.The doctors acknowledge that all this makes it a valuable part of the healthy mediterranean diet. However, it has to be emphasized that this is only valid if the consumption is moderate. To be healthy, it has to be accompanied by a well-balanced diet and a healthy way of living.

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Old Engine Oil: a porter beer made in Scotland with an alcohol strength of 6º. 

 

 

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Innis & Gunn Original: a ale beer native of Scotland with an alcohol content of 6,6º. 

 

 

Women are less concerned with quality than men

According to a survey performed recently in the United States, women are less concerned about the quality of wine and look it more as a relaxing drink than men.

The consumption of 59% of the wine sold in the United States is due to purchases of women in that country, who drink more alcohol than men. Despite this, their motives for drinking are very different from those of men. For women, wine is a means of relaxation while men are more careful with their choices based on quality.

Catalina O’Connor, senior analyst at Canadean, said:

?Women are looking to find affordable offers that allow them to enjoy the drink often without feeling guilty about their spending. This makes an essential part of how marketers should target women?.

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In comparison, men drink less wine than women, but spend more, with total sales of 18,000 million dollars in 2013, compared with 10,000 million dollars spent by women.

O’Connor explained:

?These results reflect a growing appreciation of wine among American men. Although beer is still likely to be the standard drink of men, an increasing number of men are looking for wines to find a premium experience with drinks, and to show their knowledge and refined taste?.

And she added:

?In short, while women are looking for wine to accompany their conversations while relaxing with family, for men, wine is conversation?.

Among both, men are more wine lovers and know their characteristics and different brands, while women seek to have a wine they like to relax without spending large sums of money in order to keep their accounts balanced.

Balance is everything. The ideal would be having quality wines for special occasions and affordable wines to relax after a strong work week. Just a moment! As the ones we recommend today!

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Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004

 

 

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When in Rome, drink as the Romans do

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What to drink if we are in China? And in Brazil? We must get ready to drink vodka when we are in Russia? What is clear is that every country has their preferences, as reflected in the study published by the website Ghost in the data.

The study, presented in the form of info-graphics, shows the preferences of each country. Furthermore, if we put the cursor over each of the countries, it will show graphically and in figures the average weekly consumption of each of the countries:

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In Spain, for example, it tells us that beer consumption (1,912 ml) is 6 times bigger than wine (323 ml), while the spirit consumption is half (136 ml).

The biggest weekly wine consumer worldwide is France (1,067 ml, over a liter per head per week), for beer is Namibia (2,530 ml, 2,5 liters), and for distillates, Belarus (323 ml). As for the distribution of favorite drinks, Europe and the Southern Cone countries are more ?wine lovers? than the rest of America; South Africa and Oceania prefer beer, while Asian countries mostly opt for liqueurs and spirits.

So if you are interested in traveling to a country and you don’t know how to get into your suitcase, we suggest to check out this website.

What are your consumption habits? To which country do you most identify yourself? Today we recommend a wine, a beer and a spirit so you don’t have to choose:

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Castello Banfi Rosa Regale 2013

 

 

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Alhambra Reserva 1925

 

 

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The Élysée auctions its luxury wines

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Expensive brands as Petrus, Lafite or Dom Pérignon will be replaced by other cheaper wines. 

In contrast to former president Sarkozy, who didn’t feel like renouncing to expensive wine, Hollande stands for cost-cutting policy. The yearly expenses of 250.000 Euro for wines seem “exagerated” and “ridiculous” to his eyes and should be decreased. “3000 Euros per bottle shouldn’t be paid out of public treasury”, Hollande stated in an interview.

Exemplary or decandent?

Public opinion differs when it comes to the auction of statal french wine. What appears as an exemplary attitude in times of crisis to some, seems decadent or inappropriate to others.

“Famous french wines or champagnes are french statal symbols and renouncing to them is just not the right way”, a french entrepreneur referred to the newspaper.

In any case, the wine collection has been auctioned at the end end of may in the Parisian auction house “Drout”. The auction attracted more than 200 interested people, among them were sommeliers from all french regions and from outside.

The cheapest bottle was sold for 350 Euros, a Petrus of 1990 on the other hand, was bought at a price of 5800 Euros.

The happy auctioner of this exclusive wine was  Fan Dongxing, an importer of foreign wines. He travelled to Paris from Shanghai just to take part in the auction. “Chinese people love French wines. It’s a big honour for us that this wine comes from the Élysée Palace”, Dongxing commented about his successful offer.

With the sale of approximately every tenth bottle of the Élysée wine cellar, now there is space for new and cheaper wines. The rest of the auction income will go into the damaged State Budget.

French Wine Tradition

The Champagne collection of France goes back to 1947, when in times of monarchy it was a costume to offer a glass of french wine or champagne to the visitors to broaden the reputation of french wine. Brands as Petrus, Roederer, Yquem, Lafite, Mouton Rotschild, Dom Pérignon, Figeac, Margaux, Haut Brion, Veuve Cliquot and Cheval Blanchave always been present at important celebrations and were always in easy reach of diplomatic representants.

De Gaulle was a fan of Drappier Champagne, Pompidou preferred the Chateau Lafite. Giscard served Margaux to his visitors, Mitterand preferred to toast with Haut Marbuzet and Chirac loved to drink Mouton Rotschild with dinner. And Sarkozy? I am sorry to disappoint you but actually his favourite drink was diet coke.

Which wine do you prefer? Here some suggestions:

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Domaine Albert Grivault – Meursault Clos Des Perrières 1Er Cru 2007

 

 

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Château Raymond-Lafon Sauternes 1989

Wine consumption in France reached a record low

 - French producers are concerned, and rightly so, because -apart from other problems related to competition and appellations of origin– they are seeing as, in recent years, their countrymen are drinking less and less amount of wine. In fact, according to a recent study made by FranceAgriMer, under the French Ministry of Agriculture, the average consumption is just one glass a day when traditionally it was much higher.

Besides the economic crisis, which has had a fairly negative impact on the consumption of all types of products in France, as in other countries, they are beginning to detect a shift in consumer habits of the French, who increasingly tend to soft drinks and juices to accompany their meals, something that could be called a cultural transformation.

The study data are conclusive, especially when compared with similar studies of the past. So, currently the average French -still being the Europeans who drink more wine- consumes 57 liters annually, while in the mid-sixties of the last century the figure was around 160. Compared to recent years, the data should make think the key industry players: in 2005 the daily drinkers of wine represented 21% of the total, and today only 17%, increasing instead the number of occasional drinkers.

No doubt, some data that should also be considered by wine producers from other countries, traditionally wine consumers. The popularization, firstly, of soft drinks and refreshments (of controversial nutritional value) and, secondly, of fruit juices (more suitable with healthy consumption habits) are slowly changing a tradition rooted in France for centuries, so that its strong wine industry is starting to be forced to take action on the matter.

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Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Réserve

 

 

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Red wine against heart attack and cancer

Vino tintoRecent studies confirm the protective effect of black grape and red wine against heart diseases but now they also have a further merit: cancer prevention. The key? It?s in flavonoids, which can also be found in tea and some vegetables.

The god Bacchus, or Dionysus, would be so happy knowing that science finally discovered the power that black grape and red wine have in preventing heart attacks, cerebral infarcts, as well as certain types of cancer . Antioxidant properties of grape seeds, usually used to produce red wine, have been demostrated. Grape seeds contains flavonoids which are also founded in some types of vegetables (mostly broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower), as well as in the great majority of fruits and in teas.

Flavonoids explain the reason why red wine has been indicated as a protector of arteries, heart, and brain, as long as it?s consumed in moderation: 2 glasses per day, maximum. These compounds, thanks to both their antioxidant and antitoxic action, can help patients affected by diabetes and atherosclerosis, or those who have undergone bypass surgery or liver transplant.

Both flavonoids and other types of antioxidants like selenium, zinc, beta-carotenes, as well as vitamins C and E, are employed to prevent cardiovascular disease and delay the process and apparition of cancer and of cataracts. They are also used against acute and chronic stress, against the damage caused by excessive exposure to sun rays and also when liver is been hacked by medications.

In the case of wine antioxidants, some of the latest research shows that drinking two glass of wine daily reduces mortality by 35% from cardiovascular disease and by 20% from cancer. The air we breathe is composed of 20% oxygen and 1% of this gas when absorbed by the organism transforms itself into free radicals, which are compounds that bombard cells and cause negative effects such as the transformation of cholesterol into a basic substance of plaques that can gradually obstruct the arteries. Antioxidants neutralize the damage caused by these oxygen free radicals.

This is the reason why doctors usually prescribe antioxidants starting at the age of 35 to 40, especially for people suffering from diabetes, obesity, sedentism, and for those who have genetic predisposition of cardiovascular disease and high colesterol, or those who are regular tobacco smokers. They are also presiscribed to patients suffering from angina pectoris, cerebral vascular insufficiency and heart attack.

It seems that, due to the lack of time necessary for a healthy and balanced diet, antioxidant supplements will start to be implemented in order to increase life expectancy. So let?s buy wine and have a nice glass of red wine. To your health!

A glass of wine a day and health

VinoDrinking red wine every day during meals is considered normal in a lot of countries but in certain cultures this habit could seem slightly odd. In most of Europe and America it would not surprise anybody, infact, drinking a glass of wine every day is the most normal thing in the world. However the point we are going to focus on is not cultural nor social, least of all is it about wine qualities and the pleasure that it implies.

Research studies from around the world concluded that a daily and moderate consumption of red wine extends life expectancy by about 36% more than in people who are not used to drinking it; it means that people drinking small daily doses of wine (one glass) live approximately 3.8 years longer than the ones who don?t drink it.

Additionally the people drinking a daily glass of red wine have 34% lower risk of heart diseases, a health problem which increases death rate in people with advanced age.

More benefits of red wine

Besides letting us ?live longer?, wine has other properties that could be compared to medicine. As everybody knows, red wine significantly helps the circulatory system. But than?s nota ll wine is for: Doctor Janet L. Stanford said that men drinking 4 or 5 glasses of red wine per week have 50% lower risk of prostate cancer, and stated that wine is a powerful antioxidant, a good anti-inflammatory agent and is also really helpful in eliminating carcinogenic cells.

?According to these studies, white wine, beer and other spirits don?t have the same preventive value as red wine.?

Another miraculous power of wine is its ability to aid in losing weight, because the liver processes red wine calories in a particular way: it converts them in energy and not in fat.

It?d be hazardous to reccomend alcohol for medical purposes, but it?s clear that wine has a lot of good qualities if you drink it moderately because, whatever wine or alcohol is, its consumption must always come along with common sense and moderation.

This information came from the Department of Public Health of Wageningen?s University (Holland).